Fresh Air Careers logo  Workshop with Maria Murnane


Lisa Adams 
Fresh Air Careers 


Thursday October 20, 2011 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

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Wilmington Middle School Library 
25 Carter Lane
Wilmington, MA 01887

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I Want to Get Published But Have No Idea Where to Begin! 

FREE Wokshop With Maria Murnane hosted by Fresh Air Careers

In this practical workshop, award-winning novelist Maria Murnane will teach you the secrets to getting your book into printand mistakes to avoid along the way. She’ll explain the difference between traditional and self-publishing and provide a clear, step-by-step guide to each. She’ll cover the pros and cons of both routes to help you weigh them against your goals as an author, and will also offer some useful tips for getting that first manuscript completed!

What attendees will learn:

  •  The difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing for fiction and non-fiction
  •  The benefits and drawbacks of each route
  •  What to expect along the way
  •  How to get started on your manuscript
  •  How to avoid mistakes that can cost you time, money and readers

Maria is not charging for this workshop, but she will be selling signed copies of her award-winning novel, Perfect on Paper, for $20.

Maria Murnane

Maria Murnane is the author of the award-winning romantic comedy Perfect on Paper, which she has dedicated to any woman who has ever been on a really bad date or realized halfway through the workday that her skirt is on backward. The book was initially turned down by several major publishing houses, so Maria self-published and implemented a creative, grass-roots marketing campaign in an effort to prove the publishing houses wrong. And it worked! Within a year Perfect on Paper attracted the attention of senior executives at Amazon, who chose it out of more than 10,000 self-published titles for the company’s venture into traditional publishing. They offered Maria a contract, and in 2010 an updated version of the novel was released by the AmazonEncore imprint in the United States. Since then it has also been published by Random House in Germany and Alexandra Publishing in Hungary, and Maria has signed on with the same Hollywood film rights agency that represents the authors of Capote and Legend of the Guardians. Maria’s next book, a sequel called It’s a Waverly Life, is scheduled for release by Amazon Publishing in November 2011, and she has recently begun writing a third novel in the series. 

 An honors graduate of UC Berkeley, Maria also received a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University. In addition to working on her own novels, she offers consulting services on publishing and book marketing to share what she has learned with other authors. More information is available at